Sunday 18 August 2019

'It is the best night of our lives' - Jurgen Klopp, Jordan Henderson and Mo Salah react to Liverpool's win

MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 01: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool celebrates with the Champions League Trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League Final at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 01: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool celebrates with the Champions League Trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League Final at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp saluted his Champions League heroes, as he finally got his hands on the biggest prize in European club football in Madrid.

A 2-0 win against Tottenham ensured Klopp's third final in Europe's elite competition would end in glory, as he made up for heartache in the 2013 final with Borussia Dortmund and defeat in last season's final with Liverpool in the grand manner.

While his side were a long way below their best on a sultry night in Madrid, Klopp could not contain his joy as he joined the ranks of Champions League winning managers.

"I am so happy for the boys all these people, and my family. They suffer for me, they deserve it more than anybody," he stated.

"Did you ever see a team like, this, fighting with no fuel in the tank? And we have a keeper who makes difficult things look easy.

"It is the best night of our professional lives. It took a while, it is important for our development and improvement, This little mark helps a lot, now we can carry on. The owners never put pressure on us and now we have done it."

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MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 01: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool is thrown in the air as he celebrates with his players and staff after winning the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 01, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson saluted his manager for masterminding the triumph, as he suggested his inspiration has driven the team to the biggest prize in the European game.

"Without this manager this is impossible," declared Henderson, who had his own iconic moment etched into Liverpool folklore as he lifted the trophy. "You go through tough times in a season, but what he has done since coming in is unbelievable.

"There's such a togetherness, he has created a special dressing room - all the praise goes to the manager. I'm so proud to be a part of this football club and to cap it with this is so special to me.

"I just try to give my best every time I play football and to help my team no matter what. I've had tough times but I've kept going - just as this club has.

"It's the best moment of my life, this is what I dreamed of since I was a kid. It's not about me, it's not about me being captain or lifting the trophy, it's about this club, these players, this manager. Now we must keep going and kick on."

Mohamed Salah would not stop smiling as he erased the painful memories of last season's Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid by opening the scoring against Tottenham, after Liverpool were awarded a second minute penalty following a handball by Mohammed Sissoko.

"Everyone is happy now, I am glad to play the second final in a row and play 90 minutes finally," said a joyous Salah. "Everyone did his best today, no great individual performances today, all the team was unbelievable.

"I have sacrificed a lot for my career, to come from a village to go to Cairo, and to be an Egyptian at this level is unbelievable for me."

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